SCENE 1 - INT. APARTMENT - DAY
The hallway is a mess. A window opening onto a light well is
The door to the apartment is suddenly broken open. A plainclothes
detective, two uniformed police officers and several
firemen - also in uniform - enter and look around. They all
wear gloves and masks that cover their mouths and noses.
Behind them, the superintendent and his wife also push their
way in. They’re both holding their noses. In his free hand,
the superintendent holds a pile of mail and promotional
flyers. Behind him, comes a female neighbor.
(to the superintendent and the
Wait Outside please.
He signals to a police officer who herds the curious
onlookers back out through the door.
(to the superintendent, pointing to
a pile of mail)
What’s the date of the last letter?
The 16th from what I can see...
The plain-clothes detective has tried in vain to open the
door on the left. It has been sealed up with adhesive tape.
(to the fire officer)
Can you try?
While the firemen go to work on the door, the plain-clothes
detective goes into the adjoining dining room. He opens the
windows quickly and turns to go into the room to the left via
the double doors. They are locked and the gaps are also taped
up. He turns to the right and goes into the living room,
where he also opens up the windows...
The door is open.
...and comes back into the hallway, passing by the waiting
firemen. Once again, we hear snatches of dialogue between the
police officer and the janitor.
...no as far as I know. During the
whole time, they had a nurse, but
it’s been a while since I last saw
her. My wife has been...
The plain-clothes detective enters the bedroom which is now
accessible. Its windows are open and the draft makes the
curtains billow into the room.
(to the firemen who are now curious
enough to come and stand by the
Did you open the windows?
The firemen shake their heads.
The PLAIN-CLOTHES DETECTIVE turns toward the big double bed
placed against the back wall of the bedroom. On the right-
hand bed, there’s only the bare mattress. On the left-hand
bed lies the partly decomposed body of an old woman. Where
once there were eyes, now there are only gaping holes. The
corpse has been neatly dressed and is adorned with flowers
that have already dried out a little. On her chest is a
SCENE 2 - White letters on a black background: THE CREDITS
SCENE 3 - INT. CONCERT HALL - NIGHT
All we see is the audience pouring into the hall. GEORGES and
ANNE, both are around eighty, are part of this crowd. They go
to their seats in one of the rows near the front. Once
everybody is seated, we hear the usual ANNOUNCEMENT asking
people to turn off their mobile phones. Some people, caught
with their phones switched on, hasten to comply. Then the
lights go out. APPLAUSE.
Off-screen, we hear the soloist make his entrance. THROATS
ARE CLEARED here and there. Finally, the MUSIC begins.
SCENE 4 - INT. ARTISTS DRESSING ROOM - NIGHT
The music from Scene 3 continues. The soloist is surrounded
by admirers who congratulate him.
Now Georges and Anne push their way into the room. (If the
soloist is female, they will be carrying flowers, like most
of the others).
When the soloist notices their presence, he leaves his group
of fans, heads towards them and greets them very warmly,
visibly glad to see them.
SCENE 5 - INT. BUS - NIGHT